The National DEC will host the 2013 annual meeting of the DECs in Washington, D.C. on November 7-8. The annual meeting will consist of two events-the 2013 DEC Forum on November 7 and the 2013 International Trade Symposium on November 8.
The DEC Forum, which is open only to DEC members and associates, will be held at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center. The Forum will consist of a series of panel discussions on DEC Best Practices and Exporting Best Practices and is designed to engender substantial audience participation. There will also be a working lunch during which the DEC of the Year Nominees will make short presentations and the DEC of the Year Award will be given. Following the conclusion of the Forum an evening reception will be held which can be used for networking and which will also be open to invited guests of DEC members.
The 2013 International Trade Symposium, which will be jointly presented by the National DEC and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is intended to be an annual program that will provide an update of current trade issues via a series of panel discussions by key government and non-government personnel and experts. Audience participation through Q&A will be encouraged as well. The International Trade Symposium, which will be held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is open to the public.